SEVEN wins will guarantee promotion for Uttoxeter Town.
The 21 points would ensure a top-five finish for Mark Grimley’s side in the Staffordshire Senior League’s Premier Division.
With Town’s Premier rivals deciding not to apply for promotion the seven victories – ground grading requirements permitting – would be enough.
“The aim initially was to stay up and just see what we could go,” said Grimley.
“Promotion was the ultimate aim – but perhaps not in such a short space of time.
“We think we have a team, with a few additions, that can compete at step six.
“That’s where the football club wants to be, at step six. Step six is where I can then see us trying to consolidate.”
Town’s drive for the title took a severe knock with defeat to Wolstanton United in their last league game.
Going up as champions remains the goal, but Grimley still believes promotion in whatever form would be a superb achievement – despite his initial reservations.
He said: “Having thought about it I feel that the lads can get us this top five, get us promoted and start building again.
“We have a fantastic crop of younger players coming through.
“But the older players, like Martin Gadsby and Lee Bagley, deserve a shot at playing at step six for Uttoxeter Town.”
Town are still five points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Wolstanton and Ball Haye Green will both leap above the Oldfields outfit if they win their games in hand, but having points on the board could still prove crucial.
“They’ve a lot of games to play in a short period of time,” said Grimley. “We are not out of it.”
Town remain in Leek Cup action this weekend with a trip to Newcastle Town at the quarter-final stage.
Grimley will again be looking to unleash Matty Redshaw after his impressive display in the midweek win over Stapenhill.
“He came back in and was absolutely fantastic,” said Grimley. “He just gives us another dimension. Him and Wardy (Nick Ward) up front were really good.
“James Curley then came on and looked really good in a front three. Picking the team will be an impossible task!”